How Money Affects Your Self-Image
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If someone asked you how good of a driver you are, what would you say? What about how hard of a worker or how kind of a person? Human beings have the tendency to rate themselves as better than average when given the opportunity (it’s known as the better-than-average or Lake Woebegon effect). But did

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How to Shoot Beautiful Portraits Using Available Light
Beautiful Portraits

Are you interested taking up photography but not sure where to start? Even though most of us have amazing photography technology at our fingertips at all times in the form of our smartphones, it can be a challenging hobby to pick up—there are so many techniques to learn and gadgets to buy. But beautiful portraits

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These Smart Home Devices Save Money and Energy
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Reality is finally approaching something close to what we were promised by “The Jetsons.” We haven’t quite made it to flying cars, but automation and artificial intelligence are working their way into our daily lives. We can control appliances from our phones, let our houses learn about our habits, and ask artificial intelligence devices all our questions. Smart

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Pause Before You Purchase: Recommendations Can Backfire

You’re about to leave work for the evening and you’re chatting with two coworkers about what restaurant you should stop by on the way home. One coworker says they “like” one restaurant. The other says they “recommend” another restaurant. Which suggestion are you more inclined to take? If you felt more attracted to the option that was

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Learn Basic Upholstery: How to Re-Cover a Seat Cushion
Learn Basic Upholstery

“This Old House”? This Old Couch! Let master upholsterer Cynthia Bleskachek teach you how to freshen up your living space without dropping a ton of money by turning something tired and old into something bright and new. Learn how to re-upholster a seat cushion on a basic dining room chair (seriously, it’s so much easier than

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Need a Little Help Getting Through Winter? Try These Easy Crock-Pot Recipes
Crockpot Recipes

Once the fun of New Year’s Eve wears off, lots of us fall into a winter depression, broken only by the signs of spring. The days are short, the weather can be unforgiving (depending on your geography, of course) and all we want is to stay as warm as possible. It’s official: The doldrums of winter are

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5 Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals in 2017

This article appeared originally on Next Avenue. We’ve heard the depressing statistic: a scant 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions are likely to succeed. Many resolutions are abandoned by the third week of January. But what if we took a different approach to our desire for change? What if we built upon our

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The Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail, No Matter How You Spend Your Night
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‘Tis the season for celebratory cocktails! No matter what you are up to for NYE—whether you’re staying home in your PJs, hosting a soiree or heading to the club—there’s a drink out there to suit your mood. Here are a few we hope to try: If you’re staying in 2016 was the year of “hygge” (a

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Try a ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ and Have Fun Learning to Live With Less
capsule wardrobe

If you’re at all attuned to the “living with less” movement that is slowly taking over the Interwebs, you’ve likely heard the term “capsule wardrobe.” But you might still be wondering what the term truly means, so here’s the soundbyte: A capsule wardrobe is a set of clothes that you choose from within your existing

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Reasons Why You’re Not Sleeping and What to Do About It
not sleeping

This article appeared originally on Next Avenue. Did you get a full eight hours of sleep last night? What about the night before? If you’re like most people, probably not. And lack of sleep can have pretty immediate adverse health effects, not to mention making it hard to focus at work or think about anything

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